The Luncher

"Wasn't it Scott Fitzgerald who said 'the rich are not like us'?" asked The Luncher to nobody in particular one sunny autumn morning shortly after opening time in a Soho pub.

In the old days when men were men, these wealthy companies would feud and call each other names until they were of an azure complexion. Now they buy parts of each other: witness Digital and Intel. Similar thing happened way back with Microsoft and Stac, of course. Speaking of buying off, for whom does the bell toll next? A man in the know says Sun might pick up Silicon Graphics while the latter's share price is in the ditch.

What about Marimba? Kim Polese's 'we ain't push' company is shopping around for UK staff. Word is the firm will set up shop west of London -- beauteous Bracknell area natch